LAHORE: Pakistan’s security situation has improved but it needs to work on confidence-building measures to convince major teams such as Australia and England to tour, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said on Wednesday.

Pakistan is hosting a World XI for three Twenty20 matches in only the second international series at home since attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009 suspended all international cricket in the country.

Richardson said he hoped Pakistan — who also hosted Zimbabwe in 2015 — would be able to build on the current tour.“It’s a long process,” said Richardson of the revival of international cricket in Pakistan.

“I think the next step is to grow capabilities, improve capabilities to areas and cities outside of Lahore itself.“That is to build the confidence of teams like Australia and England, and all other teams that it’s safe to tour Pakistan on a more regular basis and for much lengthier periods of time.”

Lahore has hosted all the international matches played in Pakistan in the last two years.Even before the 2009 incident, foreign teams already had concerns about touring Pakistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States which sparked the invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan and …read more

Source:: The News International – Sports

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